THE BALCONY MOVIE
Paweł Łoziński, 2021
In the course of two and half years, director Paweł Łoziński observes people passing by his balcony in Warsaw. He provokes conversations with strangers and neighbors about how they are coping with life. With every question, the stories become more intimate as each person reveals their uniqueness.
Dir. Paweł Łoziński. 2021, 100 mins. In Polish with English subtitles. Filmed before the pandemic yet prescient about our collective craving for connection in isolation, Paweł Lozinski’s quietly revelatory documentary was shot entirely from his balcony in Warsaw. Elevated from the street and armed with just his camera and boom mic, Lozinski engages strangers and friends, old couples and young mothers, commuting workers and ex-convicts, in philosophical queries that evolve, over many months, into confessions, course corrections, and complicated relations, offering a cumulative portrait of the struggles and moods of the times while exemplifying the humanist curiosity and formalist rigor of the unseen director behind the camera.